All the hype and the scams out there can leave people with the impression that anyone trying to show them how to earn money online is probably disreputable and dishonest. That’s certainly not so.
To prove that to you, I’d like to give you a free gift: 5 Paths to an Online Income, a guide I wrote based on my own experience that helps people understand the earning potential of the Internet in their own lives, and to give them specific steps to get there from here. Grabbing your copy of that guide is the first thing you should do on this site.
Second, have a look at our starter guides to online earning, including podcasting, publishing, affiliate marketing, and so on. I’ve learned a lot over the years as I’ve made my living online, and I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you.
I’m always on the lookout for products that will either make the lives of online entrepreneurs easier or teach them something they need to know. And when I find good ones, I’ll let you know. (I don’t want to waste my time or yours reviewing stinkers.)
Where to Start
If you want to hit the ground running and you’ve already read 5 Paths to an Online Income, I can make a few recommendations.
(1) My personal favorite way of earning online is affiliate marketing. I don’t have to hold inventory, do product fulfillment, handle customer service, or deal with refunds. I just sit back and collect the money.
Plus, frankly, it’s fun to walk down the street and get an email notification that you’ve just earned $50 or $100 while doing something else.
The best training on how to do this effectively is Michael Cheney’s program The Commission Machine. I run all my affiliate promotions using Cheney’s method and, well, let’s just say I’m very successful. You have to look past all the income claims (which are 100% genuine, since Cheney is a multimillionaire), and the “secret method” stuff on the sales page if that rubs you the wrong way.
But I’m living proof that he really does have a secret method, which is why I am able to win affiliate contests against veterans of Internet marketing with email lists 10 times as large as mine.
It is ridiculous that this product is only 20 smackers. Cheney is one of the most effective affiliate marketers in the world, and he shows you exactly what he does and how he does it. So The Commission Machine is a definite.
(2) Another approach is to create websites for local businesses. Many businesses in your area have no website at all (or a terrible one). LocalBizProfit contains beautiful templates for scores of kinds of businesses, and you can adjust and adapt them as necessary. Being a techie is not necessary at all, in other words. Here’s the LocalBizProfit spiel.
(3) Looking for a beginner’s course in all this stuff? Check out our newbie-friendly No Cost Income Stream crash course, which covers five of the most common, tried-and-true ways successful Internet marketing folks earn a comfortable living online.
Enjoy the resources, and check back often!